Micro-needling is a cosmetic procedure I am regularly asked about by patients. I'll try to answer the most frequently asked questions about the treatment and its benefits.
- Micro-Needling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure using collagen induction therapy (CIT) and uses a Dermaroller.
- A Dermaroller is a small, handheld rolling device covered with tiny needles. These needles penetrate the deeper areas of the skin without removing the top layer. The reason for this is to control injury underneath the skin’s surface, inducing the formation of new elastin and collagen fibres.
- As the body responds to the treatment the skin appears fuller, ultimately reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improving skin texture.
- The method is designed to treat a variety of skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, photo damage and texture changes.
- The Micro-needling procedure is predominantly used for the facial area. However, it can also be applied to other parts of the body if required.
- To minimise pain and discomfort, a numbing cream is applied to the affected area prior to the treatment. However, local anaesthetic may also be used for particularly sensitive areas. In both cases pressure will still be felt, but this should not be painful.
- Results are seen within 6-8 weeks, and will continue to improve over time. For optimal results, it is recommended that the patient should return for a series of 2-3 treatments, with an interval of 6-8 weeks between each.
- After the treatment, patients may experience some redness, bruising and minor bleeding for 24-48 hours. Similar to sunburn, the skin will feel warm, tight and itchy for a short period of time but this will fade relatively quickly. For patients with sensitive skin, it may take up to a week to fully recover.
- Side effects of the treatment are minimal and will most likely include minor flaking or dryness. Infections are extremely rare.
- The procedure is not suitable for those who have had radiation treatment within the last 3 months or for those who have used Roaccutane (isotretinoin). It is also not advisable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, anyone with open wounds (including cuts and abrasions), a skin condition, a history of keloid or hypertrophic scars or poor wound healing.
If you are interested in receiving micro-needling treatment or require further information on the procedure, then you can visit my micro-needling information page.